Crystal River Cruises
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Ships:About Crystal River Cruises
Crystal Cruises consistently ranks among the top luxury cruise lines in the world, having won an unprecedented number of major awards. They have been voted World's Best by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort.
There are good reasons for these accolades. While other cruise lines renovate ships every few years or when the ships begin to look tired or shabby, Crystal ships are refreshed and updated often, sometimes every year.
Staterooms are elegant, and the Crystal Penthouses are drop-dead gorgeous, with furnishings that wouldn't be out of place in a Manhattan penthouse, as well as state-of-the-art technology. Many verandah staterooms have medical-grade air purifiers; all have top quality bedding, good-size closet space and luxurious marble bathrooms.
Multiple all-inclusive dining options include restaurants by celebrity chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio, as well as several casual dining venues.
The award-winning Crystal Spa & Salon, where highly-skilled estheticians use Elemis skincare products, equals land-based spas at top resorts. Crystal ships have excellent fitness and sports facilities offering Nordic Walking classes and other instruction.
Entertainment options might justifiably be said to include something for everyone. Music programs range from classical to popular and contemporary. Celebrity performers enhance these programs to a higher-than-average level. There are multiple bars and lounges, each providing a different vibe. There's a glittering casino and a very well-stocked library. And for solo female travelers who like to dance, there are skilled ballroom dancers called Ambassador Hosts. Equally important: the distinguished lecturers and teachers who provide the line's renowned cultural enrichment.
Crystal ships sail worldwide itineraries.
Crystal Cruises is best for:
Discerning adults who have high expectations and want exceptional service, high-level enrichment programs and the opportunity to explore interesting destinations.
Though most passengers fall into the 55+ category, the line has made efforts to attract family (and multi-generational) groups by offering a "Kids Sail Free" program on select cruises, as well as a multi-tier program for ages 3 to 17.
The atmosphere and experience onboard Crystal Cruises:
Crystal Cruises sails mid-size vessels with a relaxed but sophisticated ambience. The ships have generous, well-appointed common areas; cabins at the higher levels are quite spacious. Crystal's shore excursions are highly rated. Rather than "one size fits all," guests may choose from the standard type (similar to what is offered by other lines, (small group (more personalized) or private (for groups of 4 or more). The excursions cater to various interests, including culinary, active/adventure, cultural and scenic.
Resort wear is appropriate for most daytime activities, comfortable clothes for shore excursions, elegant/casual wear for evenings. During one-week (to 10-day) cruises, there is one Black-Tie optional evening; longer cruises may have as many as three. As formal wear is optional, elegant informal dress is also acceptable.
While the Crystal experience is mainly tailored for adults, there may be a significant number of children onboard during school vacations.
Onboard enrichment is first-rate and may include classes in wine-tasting, languages, Photoshop, etc.
The clientele of Crystal Cruises:
Crystal's passengers tend to be older, affluent, well educated, active and seasoned travelers who are accustomed to and expect the finer things in life.
Regarding children onboard Crystal Cruises: Crystal Cruises is unable to accommodate children younger than 6 months of age and reserves the right to restrict the number of those younger than 3 years of age aboard the ships. There are various children's programs for children ages 3 to 17. Babysitting is available on both ships.
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